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S: Live & Learn 2007

FC: Live and Learn 2007

1: ENGLAND!

2: The Hostel | Our room, Yikes! | "Rastafarian Midget?" | "stayed on elevator wondering why not moving.... push button" | Many a housing and budgeting decisions were made on this couch | First day in London, not tired at all | Black Snot...

3: Picture after eating only crackers for two weeks | Had to split a pizza because we had no money | "Took up 10 seats including 5 handicapped ones with luggage" | "Went to Canning Town to see apt. Got off the tube, got back on the tube -Live and Learn" | "Asked to be extra's in a movie. J says no. H keeps saying she wants to be in the movie. J points to the large Scientology sign. H says 'Oh - Live and Learn'" | "Go to Hautboy, Tim shows us around, shows us shithole and assures us it will be fixed" | "Almost get crushed in train door. *Nikki gets off train *J passes Nikki luggage *J gets off train *H moves towards door with 2 suitcases to pass to J *Door starts closing *J tries to pry doors open *H slowly being crushed by doors *Train makes moving noises *H says ' where's the open button' J says 'just get off, OFF!' *Nikki reefs on suitcase *J reefs on H *Everyone fall on platform in heap" | Some Journal Quotes

4: After ALOT of stress trying to figure out what we wanted to do, we decided to sightsee to take our minds off things | Camden Market

5: Sigh, we could have worked there. | "Don't jump on subway when door is closing without knowing where it's going - Live and Learn" | "Man in tuxedo and top hat tsking us for using the washrooms in The Savoy"

6: "Troll from the kitchen.... grrrunt" | "Tried to shower in tub... icky, unsuccessful and unfortunate" | "Tim shows us shithole, awkward laughing, tries to convince us to live there..... Tim sleeps in office with wet comforter" | The first week we were there we petitioned to be fed regularly instead of maybe once a day

7: "Alex.... enough said" | "First Meal - Lunch: cheese sandwich and fish nuggets (scampi) uh oh.." | "when we were paid it was out of the petty cash"

9: Remember that time the health inspector closed down the kitchen the day before a wedding because it was too dirty

10: Juliette's BDay Dinner | --Terrible mushroom risotto EVERY Sunday. I still can't eat or smell it.--

11: After some living arrangement drama (yes more drama) we decided to get away from the Hautboy with a weekend trip to Bournemouth | This is the weekend that we left Tim's cottage a little messy resulting in a big argument and us living in a dirty room in the staff quarters

12: After being bounced from the hotel room, Tim's little house, and a dirty room in the staff quarters, we finally end up in The Shithole. Some of its features include a moldy bathroom, closet, and ceiling. As well as dirty furniture and a kitchenette that doesn't work. Le Piece de Resistance, however was a little mouse that decided to take up residence in our place when we left for Switzerland

14: Carisbrooke Castle | The trail where we left Juliette's carcass

15: Stonehenge in the Hurricane

16: Bath | The Ghost Tour | Mom and Dad's first, and last, experience at a hostel | The Roman Baths | High Tea

17: The Isle of Wight | Little Hope Beach

18: After an insane amount of drama (revolving around Tim and Nikki) Tim decided it was a good idea to have a night on the town as a staff bonding experience. Funny thing is, It Worked! for a bit. | "Weird, customers give me tips, I put them in the jar, and then they disappear"

21: Sadly, the rest of the girls' tale was not recorded. The tale of their battle with the Caesar Salad from Hell (salad full of anchovies), their delightful Pizza, and the amazing Les Miserable production will unfortunately be left untold.

22: Scotland | Found her! | Edinburgh | Loch Ness | On the plane | Skye High with Haggis Tours | Acting out Scottish Traditions

23: Eilean Donan Castle | Hamish | Isle of Skye and our big yellow bus!

24: Gravestones on the battlefield of Culloden. One for the English, thousands for the Scottish | J&H dunking their heads under Faerie Bridge to stay gorgeous forever. | Kevin after his dunking | The Tale: A beautiful young maiden fell off of her horse and had an eyeball dislodged. A faerie appeared and told her to put her face in the river and it magically healed her and restored her to her former glory.

25: Back to London | Buckingham Palace

26: London

27: Big Ben from the London Eye | Platform 9 3/4!!!

28: Roma | The Trevi Fountain

29: Inside the Colloseum

30: The Vatican

31: Roma at Night

32: Sorrento | Our little resort/campground

33: Pompeii

34: What mess? | Our depressing closet | Working hard or hardly working? | Pimms! | The Hautboy | Remember that time we went to Nice and all our pictures were deleted? When we got like third degree burns from sitting on the beach -Live and Learn | Harmonie went on strike because she was not being paid and decided to write a letter to the labour board.

35: A travel review - “Faulty Towers” I have stayed at this hotel regularly several evenings each week for the last two years. The food is generally good, but can vary with each chef. However, they cannot warm up croissants, only turn them black and if you tell them several times you do not like lettuce, they always give you a plate full. They have one manager (Tim) who also acts as the bar manager, plus a temporary woman manager (Denise) who has arrived it would appear, to “sort out” the place. She is a complete waste of space and has sorted me out, instead of some of the poor quality staff. It is far worse since she arrived. Supervision appears to be totally lacking. I lost count the number of times I would arrive in the evening from the office to find that although my room had been “serviced”, either the bed was unmade and/or the towels were either not changed or left in a pile. The last straw was this week. I arrived as usual on Monday evening at around 1800 hrs. I walked into my room which appeared clean, until I walked into the bathroom. There was a soiled towel just hanging on a hook at the back of the door, but the horror was yet to unfold. I raised the toilet lid to discover the evidence of some previous persons experience with diarrhoea all over the toilet. This was after a room had been serviced. I immediately called the duty manager, (Tim) who visibly embarrassed, said they need professional cleaning staff, and not the staff they had. It was intimated to me on one occasion that certain people used the hotel in the afternoons for a little “light relief, or afternoon delight”. The hotel has been burgled many times since I arrived. The last time the safe was taken containing some 3,000 pounds which had only been put in there some hours earlier. It was considered to be an inside job, and I have no reason to think otherwise, as money apparently was never normally left in that safe. They have a night porter who can make one hell of a racket at around 0200 hrs in the morning, but on my way out at 0545 hrs I can walk past him fast asleep on the bench in hotel lobby where he is making a racket snoring. I have dubbed the place “Faulty Towers”, as nothing appears to function correctly. If you ve been used to five star hotels, then have a stay in the Hautboy and see how the other half live. The Hautboy was shut down shortly after this review was written. Surprise Surprise.

36: Switzerland | After a very stinky start in the Geneva YMCA, we high tailed it to Lausanne where we rented bikes and toured the hilly city. | We were tired! | Going to Ouchy! | Standing on the Olympic Pedestal

37: "C'est Ne Pas Prop!" | Our food for the week | The balcony view from our hostel room

38: The Swiss Cruise | They charged us like 20 Swiss Francs for 2 Caesars | Chateau de Chillon

39: on Lake Leman | Taylor insisted on taking a picture with the captain

40: Free Samples! | Looking Posh | Visiting the town of Gruyeres and their famous Cheese

41: Our hostel in Grindewald | I don't think I want to go there | The Cow Parade...??? | Shocked and Awed in Interlaken | Ummm...??? | J & H trying to blend in by dressing like the locals

42: Canyoning Through the Alps

43: The 50 meter canyon wall that we rapelled down | Those litle specks on the rock are us! | Our guide showing us how not to die | The sign at the entry way to the canyon we canyoned in. Yikes!

44: The Alps

45: and we're tired.. | After hauling ourselves up the Swiss Alps and getting completely lost, we had to run down the mountain to ensure we made it to our hanggliding lesson

46: Hang gliding with the Hippies

47: Our last meal in Switzerland, at Swiss Chalet

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